A dark, gothic reinvention of an Orkadian legend that asks if true courage lies in the sword of a hero, or the heart of a slimy thing..
This short film tells the tale of a lonely, lost soul, searching for purpose and understanding in a hostile world. The hero is plunged into an abyss of darkness and doubt, on a journey that will make him question the boundaries of truth and falsehood, a journey that will transform him forever in ways he could never have imagined… Born by sheer accident into the family of a humble shepherd, our hero is given the obviously false name of Erik. For as long as he could remember, he had known that his true name was Thorvald Erik the Fearless, son of Thor. He also knew that he was destined for more than herding sheep and squabbling over copper coins with his six greedy elder brothers. As a responsible demigod, he was meant to wander the earth defending the weak, conquering the forces of evil, and protecting lovely maidens from devious sorcerers. When resting from his breathtaking adventures, he would sit by the throne of his great father Thor, surrounded by the aforementioned lovely maidens, their velvety blue eyes glowing with admiration, and grateful throngs of the weak and needy that he had heroically aided. The shadows of darkness would cower before his gaze. The rusty helmet he always wore instead of a shepherd’s cap was, for the present time, the only token he could show for his illustrious status. Surprisingly, this perfectly clear message was somehow misinterpreted by his rather dull brothers. The great helmet of his ancestors, unaffectionately termed “the weird bucket” by his brothers, incomprehensibly became the subject of much taunting and abuse, and seemed to induce spontaneous fits of laughter. And so, the great hero’s days passed in isolation and misunderstanding. And now, a great tragedy has descended on the kingdom, a chance for Thorvald to finally embrace his destiny. A horrible, giant, slimy sea serpent, know as the Stoorworm, reared its bloodthirsty snout on the shore. Known for its ferocity and ruthlessness it devoured new sacrifices each day, finally demanding the king’s only daughter. It so happened that the king was less than pleased at this prospect and, as tradition demanded, called upon the honour of all the knights of the kingdom to save the princess and claim her hand. As all the heroes of the kingdom, and even Thorvald’s obnoxious brothers cowered in abject terror, Thorvald knew his moment had finally come. Taking with him an old sword that had of course been magically implanted into a haystack by his father, Thor, the young hero jumped into a fishing boat and confronted the monster. Sucked into the monster’s slimy bowels, Thorvald is plunged into the nightmarish world of the creature’s disturbed soul. This is the darkest sequence of the film, filled with horrors and visions beyond Thorvald’s imagination, conveyed through a combination of stop motion and computer effects. The imagery is inspired by a fusion of Gothic architecture and Art Nouveau. It will be accompanied by a haunting original score. Thorvald’s inner thoughts are conveyed through a voice-over integrating lines from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Thorvald resurrects from his journey into the abyss, transformed emotionally and physically on many levels.
I am trying to raise funds to cover set construction, hire a composer, musicians, and sound engineer, rent a sound recording studio for the voice and music work, and finish constructing Thorvald's body so that he can embark on his great journey.
My blog, http://thorvaldandthestoorworm.blogspot.com/, shows the work that has been done on this film so far. You can see some of my previous work, including the trailer for my last film, The Dreams of Kings, on my website at http://yorwickcastle.com/Animation.html.
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